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Event | Low-carbon transition strategies for businesses: the ACT methodology | 7th July 2022, Tokyo

Companies worldwide – including in Japan  – must take action now, to cut their carbon emissions. It’s a matter of survival for mankind and for nature. But it’s also a matter of survival for the companies themselves: those who do not adapt to a low-carbon economy will die.

In Japan, many firms are engaged in disclosure initiatives such as CDP and TCFD. A growing number of companies are setting long-term climate goals, such as carbon neutrality. But this is not enough: without a low-carbon transition plan, these claims remain virtual, and can be seen as greenwashing. Around the world, investors, consumers, NGOs and regulators are now asking companies to move from target-setting to taking action. In Japan, the Financial Services Agency joins the call for better transition planning.

Defining a transition plan is not easy, because this is where the long-term goal is confronted with the reality of budget allocation, engagement with suppliers and clients, readiness of management, availability of technologies.

In order to help firms in this next stage of their climate journey, French environmental agency ADEME and global non-profit CDP have developed ACT. Identified by the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, ACT is the most comprehensive international methodology allowing firms to design and assess their low-carbon transition strategy.

After programs in Europe and the Americas, the ACT Initiative now comes to Japan. In this event, Japanese companies, financial institutions, and policymakers will be able to know more about how ACT can be used to reduce their climate-related risks and reinforce their competitiveness in a global low-carbon economy.

Event information

  • Date: Thursday 7th July, 16:00-18:30 (door opens at 15:30)
  • Venue: L’Espace@CCIFJ, Nihombashi, Tokyo (in-person event)
  • Language: Japanese only, no interpretation
  • Free, advance registration required (capacity: 100 participants)
  • Event financed by ADEME, the French Agency for Ecological Transition

Agenda & Speakers

Seminar (16:00-17:00)

  • Opening: Low-carbon transition in France & Europe | Rémy Cardinet, Sustainable Development Counsellor, Embassy of France in Japan
  • Opening: Low-carbon transition in Japan | Wataru Takahama,  Director, Global Environment Affairs Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Genesis of the ACT methodology: why, how | Romain Poivet, ACT Coordinator, ADEME (in video)
  • Transition plans, ACT and its connections with CDP, TCFD, SBT | Takuya Harada, Account Manager, CDP Japan
  • Codo Advisory: the first ACT consultancy in Japan | Kaori Suzuki, Representative Director & CEO, Codo Advisory
  • ACT from a user perspective: company testimonials | Chiaki Okimura ACG Inc, Yuji Matsushita Nippon Paint Holdings

Networking cocktail (17:00-18:30)

  • Signature ceremony between ADEME and Codo Advisory, in presence of the Embassy of France to Japan
  • Networking cocktail